Thursday, March 17, 2011

Side Projects

A new vest with pockets. My Rhuemy keeps telling me to wear vests. It's meant to keep the core of the body warmer, thus pushing more heat to the extremities because my hands and feet are always freezing. I'm certain this isn't the style she means, but it is a vest. I did a trade with Twilight for this recycled cotton yarn that she ripped from an abandoned sweater. (This isn't exactly the outfit that it's meant to go with.) I love the pockets. My wardrobe has a serious deficit of pockets in it, lol.
I love the racer back style over the tracitional vest back shape. I'm not a huge fan of vests in general, but this one is really gonna work for me.

This is a little raglan sweater that I'm knitting out of my sock yarn scraps. I have 6 years worth of leftovers!! It's an almost zombie project that is all St. knit stitch. It's exactly what I needed to knit to relieve my overloaded brain.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Progress on the Other Side

I'm almost there!! So close!! Now it's getting to the point where I just have to put it all together. I'm hoping to get at least one good trial run before taking it all to the gallery. Keep your fingers crossed for me. This is the street sign for my intersection. It's still a bit tipsy, so I'm working on firming it all up.
The yarn that Twi spun for me, made up of years of scraps, is beyond perfect. I'm still amazed at what an incredible job she did. It turned out exactly like I envisioned, and it has been a total joy to play with. As it passed through my hands...I kept seeing pieces of old friends, tiny pieces of all the old projects I've worked on. It's like a scrap book of yarn.

Twilight helped me find ( she found) the exact matching paint I needed!!!

This is the completed Dream side panel.

This is the completed Reality side panel.

Oh my god, I'm getting so amped up!!! I can't wait to see all this in the gallery!!
Some good detail shots.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dancing Nasties Completed

The complete title of this piece is:
Frolicking; or The Dancing Nasties: An Idle Mind at Play It's size is 75" Tall and 50" Wide.
These are my little I-cord dancers.

I had so much fun with this piece, it really helped me just loosen and lighten up!!

And I had alot of help from my friends on this one. Danielle and Twilight helped me play with my dancers and find out what they wanted to be doing with themselves. Polli & Lacivia helped by felting the dancers as I made them!! My husband actually engaged in the making, which he almost never ever does, LOL. We all had alot fun in the process.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finished Mind Dancers

Here we are, she's finished! I've already had to offers to buy her. Mind Dancers is 39" X 56". She's needle felted on a large wetfelted canvas, with a knitted frame. She's a combination of cotton, wool, mohair, and cashmere. This is a close-up view of a needle felted detail.

The main characters are a applied knitted fabric w/needled detail.

The face shape in the center is 3-Dementional, which puts my work into a category called 2 & 1/2 - D. I love it. It's made of raw mohair locks.

The frame is knitted cotton, the border pattern is a very old Viking design that was translated into a knitting pattern. The 4 corners are each different square panels, also with traditional Viking symbols. This one is 2 dragon heads facing together, top right corner.

I embroidered sporadic outlines around cabled designs to help them "pop", especially when viewing from aways back. Top left corner.

Bottom Left corner. 2 dragon heads facing away.

Bottom right corner. The St. John's cross, but earlier known as the symbol for happiness.

I'm so pleased with how this piece turned out. It was a great exercise in putting together a jumble of materials and techniques that I've been anxious to try. The whole thing was a pleasure.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Postcards for BTF 2011

Merce & Thebes did a fabulous job on the postcards for this year's show!!